The World According to Garp by John Irving

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The story deals with the life of T. S. Garp. His mother, Jenny Fields, is a strong-willed nurse who wants a child but not a husband. She encounters a dying ball turret gunner known only as Technical Sergeant Garp who was reduced to a perpetually priapic mental vegetable by pieces of shrapnel that pierced his head. Jenny rapes Garp in his bedridden, uncomprehending, dying state to impregnate herself, and names the resultant son after him "T. S." (standing only for "Technical Sergeant"). Jenny raises young Garp alone, taking a position at an all-boys school.

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The 215th greatest fiction book of all time

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  2. - 34th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  3. - 37th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  4. - 38th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (
  5. - Världsbiblioteket (The World Library) (Tidningen Boken)
  6. - National Book Award - Fiction (National Book Foundation)
  7. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime ( (USA))
  8. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at

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